Have you thought about having a morning meeting as part of your homeschool day? Last year, I decided to start our school day with a morning meeting and it was one of the best homeschool decisions I have made!
It made it so easy to get the boys to come to the school room on time. Well, maybe it took Big Fish most of the school year to make it on time, but he was at least excited to start morning meeting when he got there! They enjoyed engaging in some quick group activities to get the day started rather than going to their own areas to start on their individual work. It was also a good time to check in with each of the boys and see how they were doing. Of course, this can be dangerous territory as sometimes I would get a whole litany of grievances!
This year, I came up with a new plan for our morning meeting and wanted to share it with you. We are focusing on four main components: (1) getting our brains ready to learn, (2) calendar time, (3) academic tasks, and (4) current events. Morning meeting lasts between 20-25 minutes and takes place in front of our calendar and big whiteboard. We keep a box of our morning meeting materials in this area so everything we need is right there (in theory anyway!). After morning meeting, we transition immediately into a 20 minute group activity at the table before breaking for 10 minutes and then beginning individual work.
Getting Our Brains Ready to Learn
About half of our morning meeting is spent getting our brains ready to learn. I wrote a detailed post about this last month so click here to learn more.
We review what day it is and practice recalling from memory what extracurricular activities we have each day. We talk about what we did yesterday and what is going to happen tomorrow. We also discuss upcoming events and count the days on the calendar to those events. It is a good time to review change of seasons, how many days are in each month and the order of the months.
I made Chemistry Concept of the Day cards for our calendar that support what we are learning in chemistry and these allow us to preteach and review vocabulary and key concepts each morning.
A few days a week we discuss current events. Sometimes we keep the articles light, like a new chocolate that has been created, and sometimes we discuss the heavy stuff. Here are some web-sites we are trying out:
I hope you find some good ideas here to add to your morning and would love for you to comment about what works in your morning meeting.